Wendy Williams reportedly diagnosed with Aphasia & Dementia

Shannon-Dale Reid

2 months ago

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The Queen of Hot Topics, Wendy Williams has reportedly been diagnosed with aphasia and frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

According to several American media outlets on Thursday, February 22, she was formally diagnosed with FTD and aphasia in 2023, however, Williams’s medical team just confirmed the report.

Williams first revealed her diagnosis of Graves’ disease in 2018, and at the time, she admitted she had not been watching out for her health when it happened.

TV Insider reported that a statement from her care team reads “On behalf of Wendy Williams Hunter, her care team is sharing this very personal update with her cherished fans, friends, and supporters to correct inaccurate and hurtful rumors about her health,” and that “Wendy would not have received confirmation of these diagnoses were it not for the diligence of her current care team, who she chose, and the extraordinary work of the specialists at Weill Cornell Medicine.”

It notes that “Receiving a diagnosis has enabled Wendy to receive the medical care she requires.”

The statement continued, “The decision to share this news was difficult and made after careful consideration, not only to advocate for understanding and compassion for Wendy but to raise awareness about aphasia and frontotemporal dementia and support the thousands of others facing similar circumstances.”

It noted that “Unfortunately, many individuals diagnosed with aphasia and frontotemporal dementia face stigma and misunderstanding, particularly when they begin to exhibit behavioral changes but have not yet received a diagnosis.”

Aphasia is the loss of the ability to understand and express speech while Frontotemporal dementia or FTD results in emotional problems, trouble communicating, difficulty with work, or difficulty with walking.